For Immediate Release

Dec. 13, 2012 Contact: Bing Branigin, 202-361-1024 Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NaFFAA Congratulates Lorna Schofield on her Confirmation as a Federal District Judge
Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is celebrating the confirmation of Lorna Schofield as a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. By a 91-0 vote today, the United States Senate confirmed Schofield, the first person of Filipino descent to serve in this critical court. “Ms. Schofield’s confirmation by the Senate is a historic moment not only for our community but for the entire nation,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Ed Navarra. “Given that Asian Americans are significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary, Ms. Shofield’s addition will greatly enhance the judiciary’s diversity.” President Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York nominated Judge Schofield in April this year. “Their laudable action is a demonstration of their continued commitment to nominate well-qualified and diverse candidates to the federal bench,” adds Rozita Lee, former NaFFAA national vice chair and a member of the White House Commission on Asian Pacific American Islanders. “We are elated with her confirmation and our community is very proud to see a Filipino American achieve this honor and distinction.” Adds Gloria T. Caoile, a former White House commissioner: “We need more role models like JudgeSchofield to inspire our young people to aspire for public service.” Ms. Shofield is the only child of a Filipina mother who came to the United States during the post-World War II reconstruction of the Philippines. Mother and daughter remained in the Midwest after Ms. Shofield’s father left the family when she was only three years old. She grew up in a blue collar community and received a full tuition scholarship to attend Indiana University. She earned her law degree from the New York University Law School and in 2008 was named one of the nation’s 50 most influential minority lawyers by the National Law Journal. She served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for four years before joining the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she is currently serving as Of Counsel. ####

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Jon Melegrito, 202-361-0296

NAFFAA Statement on President Obama's Nomination of Lorna Schofield to the Federal Court
For Immediate Release April 26, 2012 Contact: Bing Cardenas Branigin, Tel. 202-302-5587 Jon Melegrito, Tel. 202-361-0296

NaFFAA Applauds Nomination of First Filipino American to Serve as Federal Judge
Washington, D.C. – The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) congratulates Lorna Schofield on her nomination by President Obama as federal district court judge for the Southern District of New York. “As a second-generation Filipino American, Ms. Schofield’s nomination and confirmation by the Senate would make her the first in the history of the United States to serve as a federal judge,” says NaFFAA National Chairman Ed Navarra. “Given that Asian Americans are significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary, Ms. Shofield’s addition will greatly enhance the judiciary’s diversity.” Adds Rozita Lee, NaFFAA National Vice Chair Emeritus, “We are elated with her nomination and our community is very proud to see a Filipino American achieve this honor and distinction. Given her professional background and experience, she will no doubt bring a unique perspective to the U.S. District Court.” Ms. Shofield is the only child of a Filipina mother who came to the United Statesduring the post-World War II reconstruction of the Philippines. Mother and daughter remained in the Midwest after Ms. Shofield’s father left the family when she was only three years old. She grew up in a blue collar community and received a full tuition scholarship to attend Indiana University. She earned her law degree from

the New York University Law School and in 2008 was named one of the nation’s 50 most influential minority lawyers by the National Law Journal. She served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for four years before joining the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she is currently serving as Of Counsel. ####

National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)

Washington DC Contacts: Bing Cardenas Branigin, mcbranigin@aol.com, Tel. 202-361-1024 Jon Melegrito, jonmele@aol.com, Tel. 202.361-0296 web: http://www.naffaausa.org

#### The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a private, non-profit, non-partisan tax-exempt organization established in 1997 to promote the active participation of Filipino Americans in civic and national affairs. NaFFAA is composed of 12 regions with a national office in Washington, D.C. that monitors legislation and public policy issues affecting Filipino Americans. NaFFAA partners with local affiliate organizations and national coalitions in advocating for issues of common concern. National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) 1322 18th St NW, Washington DC 20036-1803 email: jonmele@aol.com phone: 202.361.0296

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2012

NAPABA Contact: Emily Chatterjee (202) 775- 9555 AAJC Contact: Leonie Campbell-Williams (443) 8031465

ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN LEADERS APPLAUD NOMINATION OF LORNA SCHOFIELD TO THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK WASHINGTON - Today, President Obama formally nominated Lorna Schofield to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. If confirmed, she will be the first person of Filipino descent to serve as an Article III judge in American history. "We congratulate Lorna Schofield on her nomination to serve as a federal district court judge on the Southern District of New York," said Nimesh M. Patel, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). "She is an exceptionally wellqualified nominee, and we thank both President Obama and Senator Schumer for putting her name forward to serve on such a distinguished court. If confirmed by the Senate, Ms. Schofield will be the first Filipino American in the history of the United States to serve as an Article III judge." Ms. Schofield was the first Asian Pacific American to chair the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association (ABA), which is the ABA's largest section with over 60,000 members, and has also served as a member of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. For almost 20 years, Ms. Schofield has been a litigation partner at the firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where she has focused on white collar criminal defense and general civil litigation. She became the firm's first minority partner in 1991 and since January 2012 has served as Of Counsel. Prior to joining Debevoise, she was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (Criminal Division) for four years. In 2008, Ms.Schofield was named one of the nation's 50 most influential minority lawyers by the National Law Journal. "We commend President Obama for nominating Lorna Schofield to be a federal district court judge on the Southern District of New York," said Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center (AAJC), member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice. "Ms. Schofield has the experience to be an excellent judge in the Southern District of New York, and her confirmation will add much needed diversity to the federal bench in New York. Both the Obama Administration and Senator Schumer should be commended for their ongoing effort to put forward wellqualified, diverse nominees for the federal judiciary." Asian Pacific Americans are significantly underrepresented in the federal judiciary. In the New York Cityarea, approximately ten percent of the population is Asian Pacific American. However, of the over 90 active and senior Article III judges currently serving the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, none is Asian Pacific American in the Southern District and only one is Asian Pacific American in the Eastern District. ###

The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) is the national association of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 40,000 attorneys and 64 local Asian Pacific American bar associations. Its members represent solo practitioners, large firm lawyers, corporate counsel, legal service and non-profit attorneys, and lawyers serving at all levels of government. NAPABA continues to be a leader in addressing civil rights issues confronting Asian Pacific American communities. Through its national network of committees and affiliates, NAPABA provides a strong voice for increased diversity of federal and state judiciaries, advocates for equal opportunity in the workplace, works to eliminate hate crimes and anti-immigrant sentiment, and promotes professional development of minorities in the legal profession. The Asian American Justice Center (www.advancingequality.org), a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, works closely with its affiliate organizations - the Asian American Institute in Chicago (www.aaichicago.org), the Asian Law Caucus (www.asianlawcaucus.org) in San Francisco and the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (www.apalc.org) in Los Angeles - to promote a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities.

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